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2018 Winter Geriatric Healthcare Series


This series will be online weekly on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30pm Alaska Time via the University of Washington Interactive Virtual Classroom to Western Washington regional hospitals and sites in Montana, Alaska and Wyoming. Open to anyone working with or providing care for elders.

About the Series:

The University of Washington Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC), the School of Nursing and the Seattle Veterans Health Administration Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) are partnering to bring a series of continuing education programs on geriatric health to health professionals in Washington, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.  

Nationally and regionally recognized NW GWEC faculty will present each topic and facilitate discussion. The series will assist providers in developing and enhancing health promotion interventions to prevent disease and postpone further disability for the older adults they serve. This series will give community-based providers working in the field of aging the opportunity to access valuable information without having to travel a great distance.


Costs-$10 per session or $60 for entire series.

Optional CEU’s for Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Worker and Counselors

available for an additional $45 payable during registration.


Register online at the Alaska CACHE www.akcache.org

(Clearinghouse for Alaska’s Continuing Health Education)


All seminars will be held Tuesdays 3:00-4:30pm Alaska Time


Jan 2    State of the Science: New Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing and What They Mean for Elders with Chronic Pain (Rx)  

Manu Thakral, PhD, ARNP - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute


Jan 9    An Evidence-Based Review of Marijuana:  A Clinician’s Guide (Rx)

Jennifer Kapur, PharmD - Pharmacist, Harborview Medical Center; Clinical Assistant Professor/ UW Pharmacy


Jan 16  Choosing Wisely for Older Adults in Primary Care

Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS - Associate Professor, UW Medicine/Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine


Jan 23  Geriatric Traumatic Brain Injury

Hilaire Thompson, PhD, ARNP - Professor, UW Nursing/Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics


Jan 30  Advances in Stroke Treatment and Prevention

Andrew Huffer, MD - Assistant Professor, UW Medicine/Department of Neurology


Feb 6   Current Concepts in Pressure Injury Prevention and Care

Joanne (Joie) Whitney, PhD, CWCN, FAAN - Professor, UW Nursing/Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics


Feb 13  Hypertension in Older Adults

Thuan Ong, MD, MPH - Assistant Professor, UW Medicine/Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine


Feb 20  Urinary Tract Infections in Women

Jane Miller, MD - Associate Professor, UW Medicine/Department of Urology 


Feb 27  Health Issues of Older Asian Americans

Alan Chun, MD - Family Physician, International Community Health Services


Mar 6   The Management of Atrial Fibrillation, A Focus on Anti-Coagulation (Rx)

Michael Chen, MD, PhD - Associate Professor, UW Medicine/Division of Cardiology



For more information about participating or becoming a host site in Alaska contact

Pat Sammartino plsammartino@alaska.edu 907-786-6589 or Betsy Chivers betsy@alaskachd.org 907-264-6233

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